Earlier this week, I traveled to New Hampshire and while I was there, I went for a bra fitting at a specialty store. It was great! I worked with a wonderful fitter, got a new perspective on my current size, and tried on a wirefree bra for the first time ever. On the drive back home, I realized how much I'd forgotten a few essential "fitting truths". Although I tell women these principles every week, somehow I'd spaced that they apply to me too. Here are the three big ones:
You have more than one size.
This is the single most frustrating thing about bra shopping! Like many women, I've gotten "stuck" thinking of myself as a 28GG and only a 28GG. In reality, I saw bras last Tuesday that fit in a size 30FF, 28G, 30G, and 28GG. All brands run a little differently and most styles contain subtle size anomalies so it's reasonable that the number and letter combination might be different on each bra I liked. Additionally, some bras worked in two sizes in the same style! With the Panache Tango Plunge, I fit into a 28G and a 28GG, but I preferred the increased coverage that the double G provided.
Your body is beautiful.
During fittings, I like to promote body acceptance and empowerment. I've seen such different shapes that I want to encourage women to love their body and unique features. But oh, how the tables can turn! When I was being measured, I started to have a full-on insecurity meltdown about the acne on my back. Suddenly, it was all I could think about. It was so distracting, I had to say something. I ended up apologizing to my fitter, Elyssa! Embarrassing. The worst part? When I got home, I realized I was freaking out over three tiny pimples.
Bras can surprise you.
I know I've said this before, but it's worth repeating. While I was in the dressing room, I said that I wasn't looking for anything "basic". I didn't want any contour or seamless t-shirt styles in nude, white, or black. Right now, I'm more interested in the visible bra trend and I've been experimenting with using my bra's details as an accessory in my outfits. I like bras with heavier seams, sheer construction, lace texture, or patterned fabric. However, when I tried on the Curvy Kate Daily Boost bra, I fell in love. I knew right away that the same bra I'd adamantly resisted would be the one I'd take home!